FERRIS : Man found unconscious in jail cell
A prisoner in the Ferris Police Department Jail was found unconscious from an apparant self-strangulation on Wednesday, June 1.
At 8:10 p.m., the 36-year-old Hispanic male was found unconscious in his cell where Officer Abel Rodriguez discovered him and began CPR. A CareFlite Ambulance, with assistance from the Ferris Fire Dept. personnel,arrived shortly thereafter.
They continued CPR and transported the man to the Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas where he was prononounced dead shortly after arrival.
Jose Vidal Casarez, had been arrested on the same evening at 7 p.m. after Officer Rodriguez had responded to a “Suspicious Person” call about a man being at a local businesses approaching people asking for money.
Officer Rodriguez arrived, but the suspect had already left in his vehicle. Officer Rodriguez spotted the vehicle and made a traffic stop, but the man driving did not have identification and gave his name at that time as Jose Chavez.
He was arrested for not having a driver’s license and the FPD immediately began attempting to verify his true identity.
A computer check thru the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC) listed a possible "wanted" under the Chavez name.
When his true name was discovered, the police department found he had a warrant from Ellis County for failure to appear for a DWI 2nd Offense charge and traffic warrant from Dallas PD.
His family and friends told the FPD he was "very distraught over family problems and substance abuse habits."
The family also said that he had attempted suicide on more than one occasion in the past.
Casarez gave a residence address in Hurst,Texas.
The Texas Rangers were called immediately and are handling the investigation.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office has conducted an autopsy and have concluded the death is from strangulation.